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AACN's Washington Weekly

Published October 28, 2020

2020 Academic Nursing Leadership Conference: AACN Advocacy and Policy Recap

As the virtual 2020 Academic Nursing Leadership Conference comes to an end, we want to thank our AACN Advocates and members for their engagement throughout the month. Below are a few highlights from the government affairs and policy lens.

  • On October 19, former Congressmen Alan Wheat (D-MO) and John Shadegg (R-AZ) participated in a panel, “Looking Ahead- Election 2020 and Beyond,” moderated by our Government Affairs Chair, Dr. Nancy Fahrenwald. This bipartisan panel shared an election outlook as our nation continues to address current and future healthcare challenges.

  • The 2020 AACN Lois Capps Policy Luminary Award was presented to Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, for integrating health policy into nursing education, as well as for his outstanding work in the areas of federal health policy, health economics, nursing workforce, and quality of care. This annual award was created in 2009 to recognize monumental leadership in advancing healthcare policy and the nursing profession at the federal level.
  • Thank you to our AACN Advocates for sending 344 messages to Capitol Hill, urging Congress to prioritize support for academic nursing by investing in our schools, faculty, and students. If you missed our virtual Fall Advocacy Day, you can still take action by clicking here!

HHS Publishes Request for Information (RFI) on Research Integrity and Responsible Research

On October 19 the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity (ORI) published a Request for Information (RFI) and Comments on Fostering Research Integrity and the Responsible Conduct of Research. The ORI is seeking material from organizations and individuals on practices, challenges, and needs related to promoting research integrity and responsible research. This RFI is focused on the following areas:

  • Using Training and Education to Foster Research Integrity;

  • Research Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research Program Administration and Facilitation of Training; and
  • Research Integrity/Responsible Conduct of Research Training Sessions.

Comments will be accepted for 60 days starting October 19. For the full RFI, click here.

2021 Open Enrollment Begins November 1

Open enrollment runs Sunday, November 1 through Tuesday, December 15, 2020 with a variety of health plans and pricing available. The Health Insurance Marketplace® is available at, also known as the health insurance "exchange,” and provides options for coverage for individuals and families not currently covered through other means. Plans can be selected in several ways including via phone, online, and by paper application. For more information on eligibility and coverage options please click here.